Devils fall to Keith on return from break

Published 10:51 am Friday, January 4, 2013

Amber Uptain tries to dribble around the Keith defense during Thursday's game.

By Brandon Sumrall | Special to the Advertiser

After a break for the holidays, the Maplesville Red Devils took back to the basketball court on Thursday night against area foe Keith.

The Bears got the better end of the Red Devils in Maplesville’s season opener when they traveled to Keith, with both the girls and boys teams coming away with losses.

Shoot for two: Maplesville’s Devonte Morrow shoots during Thursday’s game against Keith.

The MHS girls (2-4) fared no better this outing against the Bears, losing at home 54-19.

Keith (9-1) outrebounded the Devils throughout the first half while building a 15-7 lead at the end of the first period, and a 29-12 lead at halftime.

The Bears cruised down the stretch for the victory.

Markeshia Bailey led the way for the Devils with six points, and Kiana Andrews added five points.

The Maplesville varsity boys (2-4) also ended up on the wrong end of the scoreboard, losing 69-27.

The Devils kept the game close early, closing out the first period down only by three, but the Bears (10-5) would turn up the defensive pressure in the second period, switching to a full-court press. The added defensive pressure forced the Devils into numerous turnovers and allowed the Bears to jump out to a 40-17 halftime lead.

The Bears’ pressure defense continued to force turnovers in the second half, as the visitors allowed only 10 points by Maplesville in the second half of the game.

Anthony Johnson led the way for Maplesville with eight points, while Anthony Moore added six points.

The Bears had three players score in double digits.